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College
College of the Arts
Department
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising

226 Rockwell Hall
Tel: 330-672-3010
Fax: 330-672-3772
Web: http://www.kent.edu/artscollege/fashion/

Description

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Fashion Design integrate conceptual, technical and production design knowledge and skills, leading to a synthesis of the design process from concept to production. These processes include color, design and trend research; technical sketching and rendered illustration; pattern-making and garment construction; analysis of appropriate fit and fabric selection; and the ability to communicate specifications for production using industry standards appropriate to specific markets.

The B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Fashion Design prepare students for professional careers by developing technical competency, creative/independent problem solving and conceptual understanding necessary for the challenges of a career in the creative industries. Students in both degree programs will be required to develop portfolios for presentation at industry interviews and are prepared to be strongly competitive for any entry-level design position in the industry.

Prior to senior year, fashion design students will select to complete either the B.A. or B.F.A. degree.

The B.A. degree in Fashion Design promotes an emphasis on the diversity of studio practice and liberal art experiences. Students have the option to select coursework offerings to gain expertise in a variety of specialties that connect directly to fashion design, such as wearable technology applications, garment knitting, illustration and/or accessory design.

The B.F.A. degree in Fashion Design students engage in a focused-study thesis project (collection development) as a capstone experience that results in submitting their collection for formal review by faculty and industry designer-critics, followed by public presentation in a fashion venue.

Career Opportunities

Fashion designers held about 22,700 jobs in 2008. About 31 percent of fashion designers worked for apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers; and 13 percent worked for apparel manufacturers. Many others were self employed. Employment of fashion designers tends to be concentrated in regional fashion centers. In 2008, the highest numbers of fashion designers were employed in New York and California. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Applicants must have at least a 2.750 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or an SAT combined critical reading+math score of 980).

Courses for fashion design typically begin in the fall of each academic year, and the curriculum requires eight semesters of study; therefore, students admitted tot he fashion design program can expect at least four years of study from the time they begin the coursework in their major.

Transfer Students: To be considered for admission, transfer applicants need at least a 2.500 cumulative GPA based on 24 or more semester hours of college-level coursework at an accredited institution. Those students meeting this GPA requirement but with less than 24 semester hours will be evaluated as new freshmen.

Students who do not meet the academic criteria for admission into the Fashion Design degree programs will not be accepted may be eligible for admission to the Pre-Fashion Design and Merchandising non-degree major (PFDM).

Students who do not meet the academic criteria may initiate the process for declaring the fashion design major after completing at least 12 hours of non developmental coursework at Kent State University with a cumulative GPA of 2.500.
 

Graduation Requirements

Credits required for graduation:
B.A. Fashion Design - 121 credit hours; minimum 39 upper-division credit hours.
B.F.A. Fashion Design - 124 credit hours; minimum 39 upper-division credit hours.

Minimum 2.500 GPA in the major and 2.500 GPA overall required for graduation. Minimum 2.500 GPA overall required for internship.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

The School of Fashion Design and Merchandising supports multiple Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, including opportunities to study for a semester at its NYC studio and Florence campus, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and American Intercontinental University in London. For more information visit the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising website or contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$100/semester

 

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Student Organizations

Fashion Student Organization (FSO); Modista: Minority Fashion Group; Fashion Journalism Team
 

Culminating Requirements
  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fashion industry.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of fashion products and services.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of fashion markets.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate skills appropriate for designing within the fashion industry.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of technology applicable to design within the fashion industry.
  6. Students will be able to articulate conceptual and critical thinking applicable to design in the fashion industry.
  7. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the fashion design industry through visual, oral, and written forms.
  8. Students will be able to demonstrate research processes and practices employed in the fashion design industry.
  9. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the fashion design industry through reflective experiential learning.
Advanced Degree Programs

Fashion (M.Fash.)
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (81 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  FDM 10010 Fashion Fundamentals 3
    10020 Fashion Visuals 3
    10030 Fashion Fabrics I 3
    10050 Introduction to Fashion Technology 3
    10140 Foundations of Fashion Drawing 3
    15055 Basics of Apparel Construction 3
    20013 History of Costume 3
    20050 Fashion Technology Applications 3
    20121 Fashion Drawing I 3
    20122 Fashion Drawing II 3
    20153 Flat Pattern 3
    20154 Draping 3
WIC   35010 Contemporary Fashion Designers* 3
    40121 Fashion Portfolio I 3
    40122 Fashion Portfolio II 3
    40141 Fashion Studio III 3
ELR   45292 Internship in Fashion Design 3
    FDM Electives (minimum 12 upper-division credit hours) 18
  Choose from the following: 6
  FDM 30161 Fashion Design Studio I (6)  
    30171 Florence Fashion Design Studio I (6)  
    30181 New York City Fashion Design Studio I (6)  
  Choose from the following: 6
  FDM 30162 Fashion Design Studio II (6)  
    30172 Florence Fashion Design Studio II (6)  
    30182 New York City Fashion Design Studio II (6)  
III. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (39 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
KFA ARTH 22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  MKTG 25010 Principles of Marketing 3
  Choose from the following: 3-4
KMC MATH 11009
11010
11012
Modeling Algebra (4)
Algebra for Calculus (3)
Intuitive Calculus (3)
 
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
  Kent Core Additional 6
MINIMUM TOTAL 121


*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in FDM 35010 to  fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Minimum 2.500 GPA in the major and 2.500 GPA overall required for graduation.

Minimum 2.500 GPA overall required for internship.